of Projects Financed by
the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund
Project #14 -- Animal Damage Control
This loan provided
funding for purchase of an aircraft, needed repairs to the aircraft
being purchased and repair to one of the existing aircraft currently
owned by the association. One of the services the association provides
to the industry is an integrated animal damage control program in
cooperation with USDA/APHIS - Wildlife Service. The aircraft owned
by the association are leased to USDA/APHIS - Wildlife Service through
a cooperative agreement. All of these aircraft are outfitted for
predator control. The association's aircraft are well maintained
and are top rated aircraft for their particular design and use.
This program has been in existence since 1982 with the latest cooperative
agreement dated June 1998. This program has proven to be very beneficial
to Idaho lamb and wool producers with revenues received from the
leasing of these aircraft covering all costs related with the program.
#22 -- Livestock Merchandising Center
This loan will help the
University of Tennessee Meat Goat and Sheep Education and Research
Center at the Livestock Teaching Center of the Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources at the Martin campus in completing construction
of a Livestock Merchandising Center dedicated to the public merchandising
of all species of livestock, especially sheep and goats, and to
establish a teaching and research complex for sheep and meat goats.
The project is primarily directed at research, education and outreach
to assist producers in developing production programs and marketing
strategies to enhance the sheep and meat goat industry in Tennessee
and the surrounding region.
#23 -- Goat Association
The a breed-specific
goat association is working to take a leadership role in an effort
to consolidate the Boer goat industry. They hope to bring together
all of the Boer goat associations with the goal of forming a united
front to build a strong industry with a successful and viable future.
The funds received will be used to finance their headquarters building
and equip this association to effectively use their newly acquired
state-of-the-art registry program. They also plan to incorporate
additional programs of promotion, sales and services for members.
#25 -- Weed Control and Fire Protection
This loan was
made to a Montana-based business developed using sheep to perform
the much-needed service of weed control and fire protection. As
the life style in Montana changes from farms and ranches to a more
urban setting the need to control noxious weeds and undesirable
grasses without the constant use of chemical herbicides is constant.
This service is available to subdivisions, community parks, and
any small acreage where there is a weed problem. This funding will
be used to purchase and maintain fencing and equipment and increase
the scope of their business. This business works closely with local
weed boards, homeowner groups, county governing groups, Montana
State University, county extension agents, Montana Wool Growers
Association and the Montana Department of Wildlife and Parks to
determine where this service can be most effective. Because of the
urban locations of where this service operates they are in a position
to educate the public on the sheep industry.
#31 -- Feed Company
A feed operation in Wyoming is using the Fund to consolidate debt
and enhance business operations. The company manufactures primarily
alfalfa pellets that are in high demand with local lamb feeding
#35 -- Risk Management Company
A company in Colorado used funds to develop a risk management tool
previously unavailable to sheep producers. Lamb price insurance
is offered by the company to protect sheep and lamb producers against
widely fluctuating prices.
Project #47 – Sheep & Goat Marketing Center
This loan was established with a regional livestock market center in Tennessee. It consists of a 25,000 sq.ft. livestock auction facility situated on a 5 acre road frontage tract. The animals are offered to the buyers in graded co-mingled groups, which has proven to provide several dollars in added value to the sellers and provide a more uniform set of animals to the buyers.
The funds will be used to consolidate out of pocket construction expenses into a long term mortgage, which will follow the best management practices for a solid business plan. The strong demand for market goats and lambs out of this center has encouraged producers in the region to grow and expand their productions.
Project #49 -- Wool Insulation
This loan has helped a wool insulation manufacturer obtain funding for investment in production equipment and facilities, which includes the initial phases of a greatly expanded marketing and research program.
In addition to the relatively high volume utilization of domestic wool in grades that might otherwise be wasted, the operation will create approximately 30 new jobs. These will be family wage opportunities in the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and management areas of the facility.
Project #52 -- Insurance Company
This loan was made to a sheep industry owned insurance company. The funds are necessary for this company to meet the statutory minimums in several of the key states important to the sheep industry.